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least 80 years. maryann raferity is here live with the latest. >> they were part of an elite fire team, 18 members of the prescott granite mountain shot shots and one other firefighter died battling an out on of control wildfire in yarnell, arizona, about 80 miles northwest of phoenix. it started after a lightning strike and quickly spread to at least 2,000 acres amid extremely hot and dry conditions. this morning we're learning the crew was deploying their emergency fire shelters, their tent-like structures meant to shield them from the flames, when they got caught. >> we grieve for the families, we grieve for the department, we grieve for the city. we're devastated. we just lost 19 of some of the finest people you'll ever meet. right now we're this crisis. >> the hot shot crews are elite firefighters who often hike for miles into the wilderness with chain saws and backpacks filled with heavy gear in order to build lines of protection from people and fires. they remove brush, trees and
anything that could burn in the direction of homes and cities. speaking on the phone, governor brewer says it's a dark day for the state. >> it's just such a tragic, dark horrible day for arizona and heartbreaking. and i just would like to to say that i hope everybody in arizona tonight remember those brave firefighters that died and their family and their prayers. >> at this hour 200 homes have been destroyed. the fire is still 0% contained. heather. >> so tragic. 19 individuals. thanks so much for that report. >> andyoung, too. average age of them. fighting the fires of course is dangerous work and the risk was well-known to members of the granite mountain hot shot crew. here is a profile of the team from last year that shows you just how commandidemanding the . >> reporter: the granite mountain hot shots, firefighters
sent into fight some of the worst fires in the nation, wildfires. they dig dirt lines. but daniel mccarity says it's only training. >> when we get out there, it's a completely different ball game. it's the real deal. we have to look out for each other. we have to have accountability. we have to trust each other. >> reporter: the crews practice shelter drills if they're caught up in a fire, they must wrap themselves inside these shelters in under two minutes with their feet to the fire. just as important as the training is the camaraderie they build. it keeps them going and in some cases alive. >> you didn't have to worry about your life day in and day out, but this job you have to watch your buddy, too. you end up creating a certain bond with certain people, relationships that will last a long time. >> wow. and again, those firefighters
are from prescott, arizona. and we are now joined by the public information officer from that city. good morning to you, wade. we're first very sorry for your loss and for the state of arizona and those families. we're hearing this is an elite team, they have been trained for this. we watched the video of them carrying logs in the woods. unique class of individuals. what went wrong, how did this happen? >> well, of course thank you for your condolences. and at this time of course the incident is under investigation. i can only tell that you something completely unexpected and tragic happened. these guys are very highly trained, they have very good situational awareness. and at this point i can only tell you that it had to be the perfect storm for this to happen especially for this crew. >> we heard the crew talking about in the interview that was done with some of those members
from last year about the bond that they make with each other. tell us a little bit more about what does take to be a firefighter? you go into a situation like this, and understand that the average age of this particular group was, what, like 22? they were young firefighters, highly trained. and they have shall this bohave family. >> yeah, it's to be perfectly honest, very difficult to answer a question like that at this point. not only are these guys a family, but the entire prescott fire department is a family. these guys are no different than our brothers and sisters that ride on the trucks. they have a specialty job that they to just like everybody else in the fire department. and it's very difficult for us at this point. >> how is the fire department coping with this? i understand there were 18 of those guys were all from one fire department. how are you guys coping, how do
you move on from this? >> i can't even begin to answer that question at this point. >> all right. well, thank you so much. you're in our thoughts and definitely in our prayers. that deadly fire being fueled by all the sweltering heat. we're talking triple digits in some areas across the country. those extreme temperatures expected to continue this week. >> and other parts of the west also suffering from dangerous heat. 115 degree heat in fact is blamed for the death of an elderly man in las vegas found in his home without air conditioning. >> and record breaking temps in california forcing at least six runners to be hospitalized. >> maria melina has the latest condition. and i understand even flights were delayed in las vegas because of the heat? >> we actually have temperatures affecting the air pressure, when it gets too hot, it's too
dangerous to fly through that kind of weather. so even affecting flight delays. so incredible stuff. and the extreme heat is expected to continue across parts of the west. and as far as yarnell, arizona, we want to focus in on this area because that's where we did have that wildfire. unfortunately not having any good news. we do have a slight chance for a thunderstorm where you would think welcome rainfall, we do need the rain. but it is going to be very limited amount of rainfall and you're really looking at a risk for lightning and gusty winds with some of these storms which of course would hinder any wildfire efforts. temperatures expected to remain relatively hot, well into the 90s. and surrounding areas, the rest of arizona, parts of nevada, california, up into the state of washington. so very widespread area across the west continuing to experience those hot temperatures. so heat warnings remain in effect and also a number of advisories. because temperatures like you've been seeing over the last several days continuing into the triple digits.
upper 90s for you across sections of montana. missoula, 99. areas in the northwestern u.s. looking at extreme heat. just a little unusual and we're looking at records possibly being set. of course we'll have more coming up later. >> and the tragedy struck, 113 in phoenix. unreal. be careful out there. well, time now for your five at 5:00. another tragedy, this one in las vegas. a cirque du soleil dancer falling to her death during a performance. sarah guyard reportedly slipping out of her safety water and falling more than 50 feet in front of that crowd. witnesses say that they could hear screaming and moaning as other performers were looking on on in disbelief. she was the mother of two, she had been performing for 22 years. this is the first death in their 30 year history. the show has now been canceled until further notice. another miracle on the hudson to tell you about.
a sight seeing helicopter makes a crash landing on the hudson river. everyone on board makes it out alive. a family of four was on board. about 12 minutes in to the flight, the engine lost power. and the pilot only on the job a year kept his cool, he deployed pontoons just before they hit the water saving likely eve everyone's lives. >> just doing my job. whoever that pilot is has to be a remarkable pilot. with nerves of steel. because clearly that helicopter was in complete distress. >> other boaters nearby rushed into help taking the pilot and the family back to shore. two children on board. no one was hurt. >> that pilot is a hero. this afternoon texas lawmakers return for a special second session to try to tackle a tough new abortion law. governor perry called them back after democrats defeated the
bill last week with a marathon filibuster. the bill outlaws abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy. this time it's expected to pass. >> we'll make sure that we have plenty of time and no human being can talk for two weeks. so this bill is going to pass. >> i don't think that we'll concede that the battle is over. and even if this bill passes, obviously there will be challenges to it going forward. >> the lieutenant governor encouraging anti-abortion activists to fill the gallery during the session to show their support. today it is susan rice's first day on the job as national security adviser. the former u.s. ambassador to the united nations takes over from tom donilon who announced that he was stepping down last month will. rice did not have to be confirmed for the post. now, many lawmakers were outraged that president obama picked rice because you may
remember rice went on sunday talk shows and falsely blamed a video for the deadly terrorist attack this benghazi. thousands gathering in pennsylvania to mark the battle of gettysburg. the three day battle began today a long time ago july 1st and is considered a turning point in the civil war. it left more than 7,000 soldiers dead. americans from all over the country gathering in gettysburg each year to re-enact that fierce battle. >> to walk the grounds, smell the smells, stand in the heat and the bites of the bugs and get just a little taste of what those men went through in those terrible times. >> there is a sacrifice. this is what it's about right here. this is what has preserved our freedoms. >> and we'll be live from gettysburg this morning starting at 6:30. and that is your five at 5:00. stories that you can bank on this morning. a big jobs report coming this week. and if you have a student loan,
what you need to know this morning that will affect your wallet. fox business network has your top stories. lauren. >> good morning. welcome, everybody, to the second half of 2013. the first half, pretty good except for a setback in june. still your investments likely made money. the market up 12.6% so far this year. it's a short week on wall street this week. the markets are closed thursday for july 4th. the fireworks will come on friday. that's when the government releases the june jobs report. it will be another market moving one. the fed has said it's closely monitoring unemployment when it comes to raising interest rates. some presidents of state colleges and universities are saying cha-ching. the new york schools are already funded by the taxpayer and now they are heraking in thousands more in bonuses through creative accounting. for example, stony brook
university school of medicine, the dean makes $395,000 a year, plus $320,000 more in foundation bonuses. the president of that university was paid a whopping $400,000 plus a quarter million dollar foundation bonus. a housing you allowance and use of a car. that while millions of college students today will see the rates on stafford loans doubleo of a car. that while millions of college students today will see the rates on stafford loans doubleuf a car. that while millions of college students today will see the rates on stafford loans double a car. that while millions of college students today will see the rates on stafford loans doubleaa car. that while millions of college students today will see the rates on stafford loans double to 6.84%. yep, more than 7 million students rely on those loans to get them through college. congress is on recess, students education hanging in the balance here. two out of five students fall behind on loan payments within the first five years. according to the institute of higher education policy. and with the rate increase today, someone with let's say a $23,000 loan paid off over ten years will fork over an extra $3,000. the senate plans to vote july 10th hoping to retroactively change the rates.
but you never know, ladies. >> hard enough for a lot of americans to pay their bills now. thanks so much, lauren. good to see you. and coming up, edward snowden stirring up more trouble this morning. his latest leak causing tensions for the u.s. abroad. and jennifer lopez coming under intense scrutiny today for her latest performance. the a-list celeb now changing her tune to i'm sorry. [ jackie ] its just so frustrating... ♪ the middle of this special moment and i need to run off to the bathroom. ♪ i'm fed up with always having to put my bladder's needs ahead of my daughter. ♪ so today, i'm finally talking to my doctor about overactive bladder symptoms. [ female announcer ] know that gotta go feeling? ask your doctor about prescription toviaz.
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it is 16 after the hour and here are quick headlines for you. police believe they have located the debris field of a small plane that crashed off the coast of ocean city, maryland on sunday. witnesses report hearing that plane's engine sputter and then stop before it spirals into the ocean. officials believe only the pilot was on board and he is presumed
dead. and it was the largest municipal bankruptcy in u.s. history. this morning jefferson county in alabama has filed an exit plan. that plan would cut the $4.2 billion debt by more than $1.2 billion. and raise sewer rates by nearly 7.5%. a hearing on this plan will be held in august. jefferson county filed for bankruptcy also back in 2011. now the latest on on nsa leaker edward snowden and his latest revelation that the united states even spied on its own allies. secret documents show 38 targets including the you united nations and european union embassies.ou and european union embassies.u and european union embassies. u and european union embassies.und european union embassies. >> the damage keeps coming. the latest leak being reported comes from the german magazine that reports spying of the
european union offices. eu officials say they're shocked and german prosecutor says he'll investigate. meantime president obama and his family are still touring africa, but that has not removed him from questions about nsa leaker edward snowden and his response. >> i'm not going to be scrambling jets to get a 29-year-old hacker. >> while president obama seems to be down playing the snowden case, some law makers here at home are asking the president to get more involved in urging russia to send snowden back to the u.s. to stand trial for espionage. >> i don't know whether the president should be picking up the phone or not, but i come know that this is a direct slap in the face to the united states of america. we should be now i hope finally realizing what vladimir putin is. he's an old criminal kgb and he dreams of the restoration of the russian empire.
>> former head of the national security agency is also calling on the president to do more. he's concerned about the damage that's being done because of snowden's actions. >> i think the president's diplomatic and perhaps even political damage, but the leadership of the american intelligence community has caused the damage from these leaks so far and it's very clear there will be more here. so far has been significant and irreversible. that's a big deal. >> a big deal indeed according to the general on the matter involved in the european union, general hayden says any european who gets upset with the u.s. over this should first consider what their own governments are doing. health heather. >> kelly wright, appreciate. the time now is 19 minutes after the top of the hour. and on the rundown, it is the plot of brad pitt's latest movie. it's a virus that turns the human race into zombies.
case i have to explain. hope you'll have a great day. here are quick headlines for you. dramatic new surveillance video shows the final moments of a fatal police standoff. take a look. sammie wallace grabbed a 2-year-old girl, this happened at an oklahoma walmart are and he put a knife to her throat. negotiate toors trade to talk h down for 30 minutes before finally shooting him. the little girl was not hurt. and this story, a massachusetts woman gets the shock of a lifetime walking out to her porch. a 3-foot boa constrictor. police are still looking for the owner of the intruder. >> not something you want to wake up to. brad pitt's new movie world war z is about a virus spreading around the world and turning everybody into zombies.
>> i'm scared. >> how do i know they're coming? >> they're coming. >> with the recent outbreaks of so many terrifying real life viruses, can something like world war z really happen or is it just movie myth? here to help us is dr. siegel. these movies can scare a lot of people. you tell me if they're fact or fiction. preparing for a zombie apocalypse, does it help us prepare for real life natural disaster? >> actually that's fact. the cdc called the program they have for looking for zombies is something that is very similar to the way you would prepare for a hurricane or tornado. you'd have that emergency preparedness pile. so just liearning how you would ham a sudden terrible disaster is for awful them. >> a deadly virus can make
someone sick in just minutes. >> that's the problem. that's where the fear comes from. no, of course not. not 12 sebconds. most vie are yruses take days b you'd get sick from it. >> that surprised me. i've watched too many of these movies. once a person is sick, is it too late to vaccinate? >> well, actually, it is too late to vaccinate. except in some cases like small pox. in small pox, you can give it after you've acquired it and it will help you not gets a sick from it. so it depends on the virus, but most of the time it's too late. you isolate the sick person, you have supportive treatment and there are antivirals. >> number four, the more deadly the virus, the more of a risk to to mankind. >> that's actually fiction. you can have a very deadly virus, look at this new virus
out of the middle east. it's not spreading is far. so a lot of times viruses that are deadly won't spread so far. bird flu kills a lot of birds, not a lot of people. >> thanks so much for clearing that up. >> and i didn't like the movie, though brad pitt was great. >> i want to see it now. thanks so much. good to see you. it is now after the tof a 2 top of the hour. 19 firefighters dead this morning from the same hot shot squad fp. >> it's a completely different ball game. it's the real deal. we have to look out for each other. we have to have account ability. >> more on the chilling interviews the squad gave about the dangers of their jobs. a tragedy in las vegas. a circumstan cirque du soleil dancer fall to go her death. investigators searching for answers on how she slipped out
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it's already july 1st. you're watching fox and friends first. >> thank you so much for on joining us this morning. we begin with a fox news alert because while you were sleeping, tragedy in arizona. a fast moving wildfire killing 19 young firefighters in what's being considered the deadliest incident of its kind for at least 80 years. marianne rafferty has the latest. >> they were part of an elite fire team, 18 members of the prescott granite mountain hot shots and one other firefighter died battling an out of control wildfire in yarnell, arizona. the fire started after a lightning strike on friday and it quickly spread to at least 2,000 acres amid hot and dry conditions. this morning we are learning the crew was killed as they tried to protect themselves from the
flames under fire resistant shields. >> we dwregrieve for the famili. we just lost 19 of some of the finest people you'll meet. we're in crisis. >> the hot shot crews are elite firefighters, they often hike for miles in to the wilderness with chain saw an backpacks filled with heavy gear in order to build a line of protection from people and fires. they remove brush, trees and anything that can burn in the direction of homes and cities. president obama called them heros who selflessly put themselves in harm's way to protect the lives and property of fellow citizens they would never meet. speaking on the phone, governor brewer said it's a dark day for the state. >> it's just such a tragic, such a dark horrible day for arizona and heartbreaking. and i hope everybody in arizona tonight remember those brave firefighters that died and their family and their prayers.
>> at this hour 200 homes have been destroyed and the fire is still 0% contained. >> working hard to get that contained. >> and 19 of those firefighters. so young. we're hearing 19, 20, 22 years old. fighting fires obviously very dangerous work and the risk was well-known to the crew. here is a profile of that team from last year that shows you just how demanding the job is. >> if anyone is taking the heat, it's these guys. the granite mountain hot shots. they fight some of the worst fires in the nation, wildfires. they dig dirt lines. but daniel mccarty says it's only training. >> when you get out there, it's the real deal. we have to look out for each other, we have to have accountability, we have to trust each other. >> reporter: the crews practice shelter drills if they're caught up in a fire, they must wrap
themselves inside the shelters in under two minutes with thefe to the fire. just as important as the training is the ckacam comrader they build. >> any other job, you don't really have to worry about your life day in and day out. but this job, you have to watch your buddy, too. you create certain bobd with certain people, relationships that will last a long time. >> a lot of their buddies died on this one. they're from prescott, arizona. earlier we spoke with a public information officer from that city, wade ward, on how they're trying to cope with the tragedy. >> something completely unexpected and tragic happened. these guys are very highly trained. they have very good situational awareness. and at this point i can only
tell that you it hyou that it h perfect storm for this to happen. not only are these guys a family, but the entire prescott fire department is a family. these guys are no different than our brothers and sisters that ride on the trucks, they have a specialty job that they do just like everybody else does in the fire department. and it's very difficult for us at this point. >> the firefighters in arizona are looking for some relief this week. but the deadly heat is expected to continue. >> and in other parts of the west also suffering from triple digit temperatures, 115 degree heat blamed for the death 6 of elderly man in las vegas found inside his house that didn't have any air conditioning. >> and record breaking complains in california forced at least six runners to be hospitalized there. >> and maria melina joins us with the latest conditions. >> so much heat especially in
the west. if i relief expected? >> not expecting any relief and you touched on something, and that's safety. you need to remain indoors with air conditioning. that's something very important. and also of course keep in mind to keep tricking indrinking a l. a widespread area is looking at dangerous conditions in terms of hot temperatures. and take a look at the forecast for yarnell, arizona where we had the wildfire that unfortunately killed those firefighters. temperatures remains in the 90s. and actually a slight chance each day of seeing a shower or thunderstorm. but that's actually bad news because we can get very dangerous lightning that can spark up more wildfires or you could be looking at gusty winds from some of those storms that of course will not help the firefighting efforts out here. current temperatures still hot. keep in mind it's the overnight
hours. and right now 105 degrees. 99 in the city of vegas. heat advisories remain in effect. and also excessive heat warnings because the temperatures expected to remain hot today and over the next several days. >> you mentioned lightning. that's exactly what they think started that fire near phoenix. >> very unfortunate. of course we expect the conditions to continue out here. high pressure remaining in place. and that's really the cull pret pret cull pretty for the high temperatures. and now the latest on edward snowden. good morning, doug. >> a spokesman for the german government says the situation is unacceptable. a number of european governments are very angry about the latest allegations.
again it's linked back to edward snowden. and the latest story this germany will create more problems for the white house here. snowden is leaking more documents, this time details an extensive u.s. program to bug european union offices in washington and new york and intercept information at another office in brussels. justs as the u.s. and europe are negotiating a transatlantic trade agreement. >> if it is true, i feel cheated as a representative of the european institution. basis for on constructive relationship on the basis of mutual trust. >> a lot of anger in europe over this. all of it creating more questions about snowden and what else he knows as he remains stuck in moscow's airport looking for asylum perhaps from ecuador. and while the white house has been careful to avoid going toe
to toe with putin, others have been much more direct about the lack of cooperation. >> this is a direct slap in the face to the united states of america. we should be now i hope finally realizing what vladimir putin is. he's an old criminal kgb and he dreams of the recent tore rafgs t restoration of the russian empire. >> on the one hand we've seen president obama try to town play snowden's importance. on on the other hand, we understand the secretary of state john kerry is going to meet with his russian counterpart to discuss specifically this situation among others. >> thanks so much, doug. and now for some of your other top stories that are making news this morning. a cirque du soleil dancer is dead after a more risk accident during a performance. sarah guyard, you can see her
here on the left, reportedly slipped out of her safety wire and fell more than 50 feet. witnesses say they could hear screaming as other performers looked on in horror. guyard is the mother of two, she had been performing more than 22 years. this by the way the first death in cirque du soleil's 30 year history. the show has been canceled until further notice. florida police identified a man killed in a deadly shooting. 47-year-old fred william turner jr. of orlando was driving on e-4 e i-4 when he was shot by another motor wrist. he called 911 just moments before he was killed. >> we know this person did pull up beside him will and show him a handgun with the highway patrol, they actually heard the shooting. >> the suspect is believed to be traveling in newer vision of a
gray ford taurus. tuesday july 1 and that mean there is are a whole bunch of new laws that go into effect. some a little bit unusual. for example, in florida, drivers can get a ticket for going too slow. that means going ten miles or more under the speed limit. in kentucky, you can now buy booze on election day. lawmakers throwing out an old law that banned alcohol sales while polls are open. not sure if that's a good idea. and in may, edible plants are being planted in and around the statehouse for people to pick and eat. a scary moment during stage two of the tour de france just a day after more than a dozen riders crashed. look at this. a dog runs on to the course. its owner tried to race after it. the dog almost causes a crash just three mile as from the finish line. good thing the riders have good
reflexes. the dog is a-okay this morning. that's your five at 5:30. thank goodness everyone is okay. and now you to your entertainment headlines this morning. j. lo in hot water over this performance in turkmenistan. ♪ happy birthday to you >> the controversy, she's singing happy birthday to the country's controversial president. he has been criticized for oppressive rule by human rights organizations. a rep for lopez says she would not have accepted the offer to perform if she had known about his oppressive regime. and jessica simpson is a mom again. simpson and her fiance welcomed their second child, a son named ace. simpson gave birth to daughter maxwell last may.
and monster university number one at the box office this weekend. the heat came in second with $40 million. and world war z finished third with $29.8 million. the time is almost 15 until the top of the hour. and coming up, some frightening new information about just how strong the meteor that hit russia was. and the government taking the celebration out of the fourth of july. why dozens of fireworks shows are canceled.
egypt's history. look at that, millions of people packing the streets in cairo and other cities. many demanding the removal of egypt's president knmore significant. an american college student was stabbed to death this alexandria on friday. and inbrazil, protesters clashed with police during the confederation's cup championship. cops firing tear gas and shot grenades in to the crowd when things became violent there. demonstrators were venting their anger over the government spending billions of dollars on major sporting events rather than public services. and russia, brand new information overnight shows that meteor that hit in february was so strong that its impact circleded the earth not once, bus twice. the blast met more than 1500 people injured. well, the fourth of july won't have a patriotic boom in the sky over some military
bases. that's because budget cuts and furloughed workers also mean no fireworks. here to explain is fox business network. >> there will be no who independence day fireworks at several military bases this year due to government budget cuts. camp lejeune and ft. bragg, marine corps base, joint base in hawaii all scaling back their july 4th celebration this is an effort to save money. you might remember the military took a pretty big hit in the automatic spending cuts that took effect in march. and with many federal workers absorbing the cuts through furlough, base officials say they couldn't justify paying overtime for all of the staff a big fireworks show requires when so many other people are getting their regular hours cut. last year's independence day for
example only $25,000 went to the fireworks. this year instead they will participate in some free activities like golf, bowling, skeet shooting, archery and movies. >> diane, thank you very much. meantime president obama's trip to africa costing taxpayers $100 million. the time now is about ten minutes until the top of the hour. and coming up, we've all heard of emotional eating. but could you be packing on the pounds just because you're happy? >> heard of it? i think we've all done it. and it's being called the second miracle on the hudson. a helicopter crashes in to the river and everyone on board survives. a live report next. but first let's check in with one of our favorite guys to see what's coming up on your show. >> good to know you're playing it tight to the vest. one of your favorite guys. later we'll find out if i'm one or two. we also have other things planned on fox and friends.
>> it's about eight minutes till the top of the hour. time for some quick headlines for you. regulation nation could put some new rules -- new rules, put the brakes on truck drivers' schedules. starting today drivers will not be allowed to drive more than 70 hours a week, down from 82. they'll have to take mandated breaks to catch up on rest. the trucking industry has sued to have the rules reversed. safety officials say they will save lives.
forget the myth you eat when you're depressed. a new study says being happier makes you heavier. the study found 75% eat more when they're in a good mood. it can change the way doctors treat obesity. a helicopter pilot being hailed a hero for making a crash landing on the hudson river and saving every person on board being called the second miracle on the hudson. good morning, robert. what's the latest? >> sulling berger would be proud. those are called pontoons. the chopper took off before noon yesterday with the pilot and four tourists on board. 12 minutes into the flight
the pilot reported he lost engine power. one witness said he saw the chopper traveling north and descend very quickly. thanks to the pilot, michael campbell, he lowered the chopper into the hudson, deployed those pontoons and afterward he was very cool about the whole thing. >> people are calling you a hero. >> just doing my job. >> you saved a lot of people. >> an emergency in flight, and i did what i had to do. but thank y'all again. >> he sure did do what he had to do. fortunately no one on board was injured. according to the chief spokesman for the new york city police department, no one on board even got wet. that is the latest live from lower manhattan. i would say it is a good landing. >> the story gets better and better. still ahead, what you need to know before you leave
>> before you leave the house, here's what you need to know. a wildfire in arizona killing 19 fire fighters. the fire is still burning. it is zero percent contained. interest rates for student loans double today to 6.8%. the senate plans to vote july 10 hoping to retro actively change the rate. today marks the 150th anniversary of the battle of gettysburg. the three-day battle began july 1. anna kooiman will be live from gettysburg for "fox & friends." >> as we approach our country's birthday on july 4th, we want to highlight the greatness of america. >> we asked you to send in your pictures and stories of what you think makes america so great.
kirk schwartz said america is great because of simple pleasures like fishing with the kids. >> heather nauert in montana took this picture of an old schoolhouse. >> michael said old glory is what makes america great even when it's frozen outside in the winter. >> we hope you had a great day. "fox & friends" starts now. >> good morning. it is monday, july 1. i'm alisyn camerota in for gretchen. thanks for joining us. it is the deadliest fire the u.s. has seen in decades. this morning 19 elite fire fighters are dead. >> we're devastated. we just lost 19 of some of the finest people you'll ever meet. right now we're in crisis. >>alisyn: what went wrong? how did this happen? breaking details ahead. >> this cirque du soleil performer dead this morning. how she fell 50 feet in front of a